Although many of the most captivating images have come from rural Cambodia, the truth is that most of my time has been spent in the capital city, Phnom Penh. So in this update, the Wenzel Pages explore life in the city ...
The Phnom Penh riverside.
The riverside is one of the most popular areas in Phnom Penh with tourists and locals alike. Many shops and restaurants can be found close by. As the sun sets in the evenings bringing pleasant temperatures, many people come out to enjoy the riverside as well as some of the parks around Phnom Penh.
Yes, the cows are in Phnom Penh too.
You can never quite escape the agricultural side of Cambodia. Motorbikes beware ... you do NOT want to hit one of these beasts.
Funerals and weddings are important affairs in Cambodia. And honestly, sometimes it's hard for me to distinguish between the two. Both involve setting up large tents in the road and playing traditional music. Here, a funeral procession passes down the road in front of my office.
Downtown Phnom Penh.
Monivong Street is one of the main roads in Phnom Penh. This stretch is fairly typical with both small shops and larger commercial buildings ... and of course, plenty of cars and motorbikes. Also, note the cardboard collector/seller heading down the road.
Software and multimedia section of Tuol Tompong Market.
Just down the road from my house is Tuol Tompong Market ... a large market full of a variety of shops selling pretty much anything you might need. Tourists enjoy coming to this market to find all sorts of gifts, including "bargain" CDs, DVDs, and computer sofware.
View from my bedroom window.
(yes, there are bars on my window)
Cambodian's are security conscious. If you make it past the front gate, the dogs, the barred and padlocked doors and windows, ... you can take whatever you like, but just leave me alone in my room! (A note on the dogs. The dogs are generally pretty pathetic and probably would never intimidate intruders, but they do serve as an effective early warning system ... unfortunately, there are MANY false alarms occuring at all hours of the night.)
Morning traffic jam. And no one is moving.
When the only rule is that there are no rules, there's bound to be some pretty hideous traffic jams on the roads of Phnom Penh. I couldn't help but stop to watch this mess for a few minutes before I crawled through the maze on my motorbike. I think some of the cars didn't move the whole time I was there.
In Phnom Penh, there are two options for those interested in health and fitness facilities. You can go to one of the Western style gyms and pay $6 a pop, or head to a Cambodian style gym ... a mere 12.5 cents per visit.
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